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  • Excellent! A very classy paint scheme on an elegant locomotive.
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    Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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    • [:-star] :up: [:-star] :up: [:-star]

      Curious, it appears the FP has a black roof and the F a green roof. Different eras? or the FP a passenger vs F a freighter? I'm not fluent on CN paint schemes, the green stuff was gone by the time I arrived in CN, actually GTW country. I grew up on Lightnng Stripes and Cigar Bands.

      Nice models of a paint scheme that looks like a nightmare to deal with.
      Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

      Cedar Swamp
      SW of Manistique, MI

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      • Thanks everyone.

        Karl, CN used the green and yellow/gold scheme on their freight locos, the green, black and yellow/gold was the scheme of the passenger engines. They kept it this way until 1961 when they adopted the black and red/orange 'wet-noodle' scheme that went on everything.

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        • Thought I would share another project that 'm doing for another modeller. On Vancouver Island Canadian Forest Products (CanFor) had a logging railway operation. They used modified SW1200 engines.

          CANFOR Englewood Logging Division 303 (trainweb.org)

          The large box in front of the cab is the EMD dynamic brakes and Canfor had auxiliary air tanks added to the roof due to the steep grades these engine had to work with. The fellow that Wants this engine replicated started with a Canadian National Proto2000 model, but didn't really know how to modify the shell:
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          To make the box he simply made a cardboard 'box' and white glued it to the shell. This is how I got the model.

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          I was able to remove the 'box' and strip the paint down, then came the modifications

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          I made a new dynamic brake box using sheet styrene and a 36" fan from an old F-unit shell. I also had to cut the long hood down to accommodate the new box. This had to be done very carefully as the original circuit board it right below.
          I should also note that I'm building a representation of the Canfor engine, not an exact scale replica. I guessed most of the dimensions for the parts by studying the photos.


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          Then I had to fabricate the air tanks and their mounts. the air tanks are styrene tube, filled with putty and the ends sanded round. I had a bit of a challenge making the mounts as the tanks go on either side of the exhaust stacks and the top of the hood is slightly round. I started with a card pattern, followed by a styrene master which I used to cut all the others out.
          You may ask why I have 4 tanks and mounts? Well another modeler saw the project and now I'm building two. It was just easier to make everything at the same time.

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          And ready for paint.
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          And this is how it sits now, very yellow. It took my 4 coats of testors Acrylic insignia yellow to cover.

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          • I did the same with an Atheran SW1500, but not for the Canfor railroad. This project started over 20 years ago.

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            Bernd
            New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

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            • That looks pretty good Bernd. My project is on hold for a bit now. The fellow that I'm painting it for has ordered custom decals for both this one and the one I have yet to start. I did get the other engine this morning, but haven't done anything with it yet.

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              • Nice work Glen. Great looking scratch built details, and you sure captured the CanFor Color. Also like your fabricated air tanks, an idea I can use. Thanks for sharing that idea.


                Louis
                Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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                • Thanks Louis.
                  I did start to work on the other engine. It's handrails were in considerably worse condition than the first one:

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                  Any that weren't already damaged, broke when I took the engine apart. I'll probably be bending wire to fabricate most of the handrails when this goes back together.
                  The body parts are soaking in an Iso Alcohol bath right now to strip the paint.
                  Last edited by Glen_Haasdyk; 11-21-2021, 10:10 AM.

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                  • Glen & Bernd~,

                    You gents are my heros~ I just love those types of switchers and always wanted to build a couple of different types (but never did~even tho I'm hopeful someday). These are great looking models so far. I'm sure once completed they're going to be awesome to say the least.

                    Hurry up! you guys, I can't wait to see'em finished. I know, i know; calm down, they'll be done when they're done. , but you two are still my hero's cause all the cool shit you build!

                    Keep up the great worx boyz... Thumbs Up Meme Kid - YouTube

                    Thanx Thom...

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                    • Well thank you Thom. I'll try to build up to your expectations.
                      I made a bit of progress on the second unit tonight.
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                      I replaced all the original handrails and grabs with either tichy parts or I bent my own out of .015" wire.
                      I also started to build the new dynamic brake box by cutting the hood down and fabricating a new platform that it will rest on.
                      The walkway is back in an Iso bath after I scraped some dried CA glue off and hopefully the paint underneath will loosen. The previous owner used CA to try to fix the grabs and made a mess in places.

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                      • Glen......Glad to see you back thrashing out the diesel rebuilds. Appears you are making great progress.

                        I am powering a FB dummy unit and remembered your builds. Had to check it out again. It is all good.

                        Take care....John

                        GULF COAST & WESTERN

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                        • Thank you John.
                          I built up the dynamic brake box on the second engine:
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                          I learned a few lessons from the first build and applied them to the second. This one's 'box' is made from slightly thicker styrene and is a bit more square.
                          I also decided to detail this one a bit more.
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                          The prototype has a set of louvers in the middle of each side, with a vent flanking it. I went through my scrap box and found what I though I would use from an old F-7 shell.
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                          Well I ended up using the F-7's louvers. I sanded the backside untill it was super thin and glued it on. The vents on the side are pieces of Tichy metal roofwalk, cut down to size. Again, I used the fan from an Athearn GP-7 shell, just like before. When I was done with this one I decided to go back and add the detail parts to the first. I'll just airbrush that area again when I paint the second engine.

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                          • Very nice, Glen. You're doing a terrific job on these modifications.

                            It's always interesting to see models bashed to match prototype customization, especially when done by talented modelers.

                            Mike.
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                            Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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                            • Heard a lot of noise from metal working coming out of the shop so I thought I'd stop by.

                              Looking good Glen. I too used fans from an F7. I didn't follow the CanFor engine exactly since Kingstone Locomotive Works use ideas from other railroads and does their own thing.

                              Bernd
                              New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

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                              • Your dynamic brake box is fantastic looking, and great ideas for parts on making it. Good job with the handrails as well Glen.


                                Louis
                                Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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